Graceful Virtues: A Reflection on the Grace of Yes by Lisa M. Hendey

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It is a gift to discover a companion on the spiritual journey from a tradition different from one’s own. Lisa Hendey is a Roman Catholic; I am a Presbyterian Protestant. Yet in reading her book called The Grace of Yes, I found that there were many places where our paths were similar, if not identical. [Read More...]

Two Hopes for Advent: Books that Inspire

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I have been privileged to review two very worthy and helpful books for Advent for the Patheos Book Club. I hope you find them as provocative and charming as I have. An Invitation: Taste and See by Jan Johnson The sacred anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmastide often seem dimmed and fraught for [Read More...]

Invitations on the Journey: Keep Moving

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Often on a journey, geographical or spiritual, I am tempted to say, “This is so beautiful; let’s just stay right here forever!” Santa Fe was one of those spots for me on this latest journey. At the top of a hill is the Museum Plaza, surrounded by striking Native American sculpture, encompassing a red and [Read More...]

Invitations of the Journey: Reflecting Beauty

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Growing up in my own tradition, I did not realize that Beauty was a spiritual quality. The verse in Scripture concerning beauty with which I was most familiar was in Proverbs 31, and it was interpreted negatively. Describing a capable wife, extended by my tradition to mean any woman, it concludes by saying, “Charm is [Read More...]

Hopes for Mother and Daughters: A Reflection on Love Will Steer Me True by Jane and Ellen Knuth

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As a mother of an adult daughter who does not share my spiritual practices, I am deeply comforted and delighted to read a book, such as this, in which both mother and daughter seek to keep their love whole while diverging in their trust in and practice of the spiritual traditions in which each of [Read More...]

Invitations on the Journey: Walk with the Saints

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Travel in northern New Mexico is a walk with the saints that are so familiar to the communities there that they are almost part of the landscape. Every where one stops–village, fruit stand or plaza, there is at least one commemoration of a saint, primarily those from Scripture, but also from the region, from the [Read More...]

Invitations on the Journey: Wisdom from Elders

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On my recent journey, I went nowhere without being reminded of the past–in the topography. in the architecture, in the celebration. A deep thread to my own roots was in the exhibit at the New Mexico Art Museum. Judy Chicago, a heroine of my younger adulthood, had an exhibit there, one part of which celebrated [Read More...]

Invitations on the Journey: Gratitude

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When I travel, a list often accompanies me–things to pack, things to see, tastes to try, people to meet. On this last trip, our cry often went up, “We can check this off our list!” However, in the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there was a room of paintings of doorways of [Read More...]

Leaving It Behind

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I am packing to go on a journey—a pilgrimage of sorts, an adventure to discover things I have not seen before. My grand-daughter has created a picture of such a journey for a princess, over mountains and rivers, through canyons with wild weather and unpredictable winds. What does one bring for such a journey? This [Read More...]

Notes from the Mainline: A Reflection on the Mainliner’s Guide to the Post-Denominal World

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Notes from the Mainline: A Reflection on The Mainliner’s Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World As a Christian who has morphed in my spiritual journey from a fundamentalist to an active participant in a mainline congregation, I welcome any perspective that can help me navigate this time of sea change in the Church of the [Read More...]


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